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Royal Mail today announced the issue of a new Sapphire Blue £5.00 Definitive, to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of The Queen’s Accession to the throne.
Born on 21 April 1926, the first child of The Duke and Duchess ofYork (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth), Princess Elizabeth acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952, on the death of her father.
Princess Elizabeth, who was on holiday in Kenya at the time, was declared Queen at the age of 25.
On Wednesday, 9 September 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, after surpassing the memorable 63 years and 217 days that her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria occupied the British throne.
Sapphire is the 65th anniversary gemstone.
The Sapphire £5.00 Definitive will be available from 6 February from www.royalmail.com/accession.
ISSUED BY Royal Mail Press Office on 6 February 2017
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About Royal Mail Special Stamps
For more than 50 years Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme has commemorated anniversaries and celebrated events relevant to UK heritage and life. Today, there are an estimated 2.5 million stamp collectors and gift givers in the UK and millions worldwide. Her Majesty The Queen approves all UK stamp designs before they are issued.
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Royal Mail plc is the parent company of Royal Mail Group Limited, the leading provider of postal and delivery services in the UK and the UK’s designated universal postal service provider. UK Parcels, International and Letters (“UKPIL”) comprises the company’s UK and international parcels and letters delivery businesses operating under the “Royal Mail” and “Parcelforce Worldwide” brands. Through the Royal Mail Core Network, the company delivers a one-price-goes-anywhere service on a range of parcels and letters products. Royal Mail has the capability to deliver to more than 29 million addresses in the UK, six days a week (excluding UK public holidays). Parcelforce Worldwide operates a separate UK network which collects and delivers express parcels. Royal Mail also owns General Logistics Systems (GLS) which operates one of the largest ground-based, deferred parcel delivery networks in Europe.
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